The latest of such buildings is the recently completed Hillside Campus designed by Connecticut-based Centerbrook Architects, which will expand the institute’s research capabilities by 40 percent. The $100 million complex consists of six laboratory buildings organized around a multilevel courtyard that forms a grand entrance and leads to a future hilltop campus. Stairways and plazas between the laboratories provide opportunities for informal meetings and conversations. The buildings are connected internally on their lower levels to facilitate communication and interaction among the scientists.
Explaining why a visitor might have trouble identifying the new 100,000 square foot campus, a New York Times reviewer wrote of the colorful complex, “An architectural sleight of hand has disguised the new labs as a miniature Bavarian hilltop villages”, a feat the architects say that the neighbors also appreciate.